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Brandon Hudson and Peoria Players Theatre are proud to present INDUSTRY TRAINING GROUND, a four-month virtual training program devoted to bringing entertainment industry professionals to the central Illinois region. The program is designed to not only provide well-rounded performance training, but to also instill a deeper sense of confidence that will translate into all aspects of life. As WEEK – News 25 kindly put it, “We aim to bring Hollywood HOME!”

Registration is open now at industrytrainingground.com. Classes will be held via Zoom starting March 6, 2021 with the last class being June 19, 2021. Each month we will introduce a different focus, as well as a guest educator.

Month 1 (March 6-March 27): Vocal Training. Students will bring in a new song each week that they have selected, and be given live critique by Tricia Tanguy and Michael Orland.

Month 2 (April 3-April 24): Movement and Dance. Each week students will be taking two 1-hour dance classes, featuring guest choreographers: Rafael Quintas, Daisha Graf and Stephanie Bissonnette as well as Brandon.

Month 3 (May 1-May 22): All About Acting. Students will be paired together to practice and perform scene work. Featuring Mark Jacob Chaitlin and Maritza Cabrera.

Month 4 (May 29-June 19): For our final month, we put all of our hard work together. Students will learn how to build a resume, put themselves on tape and do a mock audition. Featuring our final special guests, Lana Love and Andrew Reid.

The Industry Training Ground project is a four-month commitment, for a total price of $1,600 per student.


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Teacher Credits listed below:


Brandon Hudson-

Randy in Dolly Parton’s “Christmas On The Square”, “The Prom”, Hamilton OBC, Head Over Heels OBC, SNL, The Voice, Jennifer Hudson, Todrick Hall, Conkarah

Tricia Tanguy-

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Nat’l Tour, Cats Nat’l Tour, Sister Act Nat’l Tour, Marvelous Wonderettes Off-Broadway

Michael Orland-

Musical Director/Voice Coach of American Idol (16 Seasons), Musical Director/Conductor for Hairspray Live, Kristin Chenoweth, Sabrina Carpenter, Ariana Grande, Idina Menzel, Barry Manilow to name a few.

Rafael Quintas-

Heidi Duckler Dance Company, Faculty at Edge PAC & Sub at Movement Lifestyle LA

Daisha Graf-

Disney + “Big Shot” as Angel, Glee, Beyonce, Rihanna, Ariana Grande

Stephanie Bissonnette-

Mean Girls OBC as Dawn Schweitzer, Royal Caribbean, Asst. Choreo for “Priscilla” at Fiddlehead Theater

Mark Jacob Chaitlin-

Acting Faculty for Goodman MT Intensives, Asst. Director of “Witness Uganda”, “Jane the Virgin”

Maritza Cabrera-

Manager at CSP Management, Producer for “Next to Superstition”, Mel Howard in “Mags and Mel”, “Criminal Minds”

Lana Love-

Pop Artist, Lyricist/Assist. Director/Assist. Choreographer of “Malinche” Netflix, Nickelodeon, Disney Cruise

Andrew Reid-

Director, Filmmaker, “Road to Zion” Screening at Sundance 2021

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